The School of Theatre, Film & Television’s annual showcase of undergraduate thesis films, I Dream in Widescreen 2020, will be presented on the school’s YouTube account, Aug. 8-9. This year’s event will include a series of sidebar conversations featuring film & television luminaries, all Arizona alumni.
Special guests include Netflix’s Head of Original Film Scott Stuber, film editor Lindsay Utz (American Factory, Miss Americana), director Tyler Gillett (Scream 5, V/H/S), Sundance Film Festival Shorts Programmer Mike Plante, WME agent and partner Brad Slater, casting director Eyde Belasco (Sorry To Bother You, Transparent), producer Allison Vanore (After Forever), writer/producer Peter Murrieta (Mr. Iglesias), emerging directors Darious Britt (Unsound) and Christopher Nataanii Cegielski (Reagan) and actors Vinessa Vidotto (Lucifer), Kyle Harris (Indoor Boys), Carly Natania Grossman and Michael Schulz. The Loft’s Jeff Yanc, also an alumnus, will host.
Tune in at 3p PT / 6p ET both days.
Scott Weber has earned Emmy awards for his work on the hit shows “Lost” and “Westworld.” In March, he got a last-minute assignment he never could have anticipated: He was enlisted to work on the sound mixing for 14 short movies created by senior BFA film majors for I Dream in Widescreen.
The Tucson Studio Concert Series continues with new performances recorded live on location at LandMark Sound Recorders, Wooden Tooth Records, and the Health Sciences Innovation Building at the University of Arizona. Performances premiere on Thursdays at 6p on The Tucson Studio website, where viewers can donate directly to the musicians.
Aug. 6 – Chezale @ Health Sciences Innovation Building
Aug. 13 – Jillian Besset @ Centennial Hall
Aug. 20 – Hot Club of Tucson @ Wooden Tooth Records
Aug. 27 – Liz Cerepanya with P.D. Ronstadt & The Co. @ LandMark Sound Recorders
University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins confirmed last Thursday that the fall semester will begin as scheduled on Aug. 24, with a mix of in-person and remote instruction. More than half of all classes will include an in-person component.
“I know many of you are awaiting the answer to the question: Will the University of Arizona be open for in-person classes in the fall of 2020? The answer is yes,” Robbins said during a virtual briefing on the campus reentry plan.
The coronavirus pandemic, economic instability, systemic violence against QT+BIPOC, wildfires, and a highly-charged presidential election make 2020 a watershed moment for Tucson and the world.
How have you been responding, coping or healing through art during this time? Submit your work by Aug. 24 to be featured in the virtual exhibition Picturing 2020: A Community Reflects along with works from the UAMA permanent collection.
School of Art MFA student, Alex Turner is featured in the national photography journal, “Lenscratch,” including an extensive interview with Turner about his photo project, “Blind River,” and about his exploration at the border of imagery and technology in the Sonoran Desert.
Music professor Kay He took this long-exposure photo at Gates Pass with the Milky Way as a backdrop. Fellow music prof Daniel Linder created the light painting. She used her phone to trigger the shutter.
“After I triggered the shutter, I threw my phone on the ground, and shouted to Daniel, ‘go go!’ He did the choreographed movement with a specially designed light tube (light painting device) by me.
“A lot of factors have to be aligned at exactly the right time, just like many performing arts. The process and practice of how to create magic is an amazing experience. The photograph is a reward of the frozen moment!”
Tucson Weekly has begun its online voting for “The Best of Tucson 2020” awards now through Aug. 24.
Best Art Museum
Best Music School
Best Visual Artist
All five nominees are Arizona alumni.
6 TTS Concert Series: Chezale at Health Sciences Innovation Building
8-9 I Dream in Widescreen
13 Jillian Besset at Centennial Hall
20 Hot Club of Tucson at Wooden Tooth Records
20 Virtual Art Trivia Happy Hour
24 Submission Deadline: Call to Artists for “Picturing 2020” Virtual Exhibition
27 Liz Cerepanya with P.D. Ronstadt & The Co. at LandMark Sound Recorders
An announcement about the future of UA Presents and its 2020-21 programming is coming in August. Tickets will go on sale at that time.
The School of Dance has postponed the Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase 2020. “We are closely following trends in case numbers and health guidelines. The Showcase may be rescheduled for Spring 2021.”
The School of Theatre, Film & Television has announced that there will be no public performances in the Fall semester. “We are exploring several performance alternatives for the Spring, and our decision will be made based on guidance from the University regarding how we can assemble at that time.”
Our friends at Broadway in Tucson rescheduled several upcoming shows:
School of Theatre, Film & Television presents “I Dream in Widescreen,” Navajo-Hopi Observer | 08.04
TFTV alumnus Christopher Nataanii Cegielski (’16) discusses his participation in this year’s I Dream in Widescreen and imparts advice to the Class of 2020.
Myth and The West, Arizona Illustrated | 07.28
School of Theatre, Film & Television instructor Cody Young, son of a Hollywood stuntman who worked with the likes of John Wayne, confronts the problematic legacy of Western films.
Tucson Museum of Art to reopen July 30, Tucson Weekly | 07.15
Reopening includes new safety protocols, max of 225 visitors
How the arts are surviving challenging times, AZPM NPR | 07.15
Arizona Arts in Schools’ Brad Richter is interviewed for “Arizona Spotlight” answering the question, “Can traditional performing arts survive in an online space?”
Alex Turner: Blind River, Lenscratch | 07.09
In-depth interview with MFA photography student Alex Turner about his exploration at the border of imagery and technology.
Fox Theatre programming suspended through Dec., Tucson Weekly | 07.07